Monday, March 29, 2004

Return of Return of the King

Saturday night I went to see Return of the King -- yes, again. The last time I saw it was December 29, 2003. It was even better than I remembered!

Oh, it still bugged me when Theoden says they must ride "light and swift" (it should be "lightly and swiftly") but that's a minor point, really. I was surprised that I got all choked up at completely different points in the movie than I did before.

This time I got all teary when Frodo gets stabbed by Shelob and Sam thinks that he's dead. I remember reading that line in the book and just being completely blown away. I had to stop reading and just have a good cry. But the first time I saw the movie I didn't cry then because I knew what was going to happen.

At this viewing I really, really got choked up at all the farewells at the "end" of the movie. Aragorn's coronation, the departures to the grey havens, and even Sam returning home. I think I was so sad becuase I really felt like I was saying goodbye to my own friends. When I went to see ROTK on Dec 22 and again on Dec 29, I knew that at some point I'd be seeing ROTK in the theater again. But after Saturday, I don't think that I will be seeing ROTK in the theater again.

Now, I guess I'll just be waiting until the extended edition of ROTK comes out on video at the end of 2004. I suppose I could re-read the books again in the meantime. Am I going to turn into one of those geeks who re-reads Lord of the Rings once a year?? You know, I think I am. And I don't think that's a bad thing.

Friday, March 26, 2004

Awesome!! Awesome to the max!!

It's Groening's show, and now he's on it

After 15 seasons of The Simpsons, creator Matt Groening finally gets a guest spot (Fox, April 4, 8 p.m. ET/PT). “The writers wrote it in as a goof. I thought, ‘I'll show them. I'll do it,' ” he says.

He has supplied a couple of sounds — Maggie's pacifier, a Ned Flanders scream — but this time Groening plays himself. He's identified as the creator of Futurama. (He couldn't be the creator of The Simpsons on The Simpsons or “the whole universe would implode.”) Though Groening didn't draw his picture, it's closer to real life than one earlier depiction as “an eyepatch-wearing, head-shaved, right-wing gun nut.”

In the episode, Edna Krabappel runs off with Comic Book Guy to a comic convention, where Groening is autographing robot dolls of Futurama's Bender. Groening's image also appeared in an earlier episode on a wall of photos of people banned for life from Comic Book Guy's store. “I've been banned from many comic book stores,” he says.

— Bill Keveney

Actual story appears here.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

My new baby!

Baby grand piano that is!! Today I took delivery of a brand new Yamaha 5 foot baby grand piano. It's a truly beautiful instrument. I think I played more piano today than I have in the last two weeks. I think I need to have the "b" two octaves below middle "c" checked out, though. It sounds a little funny.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Subject headings

Does anyone really search by subject anymore?? In our consortium, we have split up authority control responsibilities over three different libraries. One has names, one has series/titles, and I have subjects.

I used to have series/titles, which I just loved, but a more vocal librarian wanted to handle series/titles and I didn't feel it was worth arguing over. You want it? Fine! I miss taking care of those series sometimes, though. It was a small bunch, but squirrelly. And when I added cross references I felt like I was making a difference.

Now that I've been relegated to subject headings I have lingering doubts as to whether the work I'm doing even makes a difference. Everyone searches by series, but I have my doubts about how often people search by subject.

Not that I blame them. Browsing subject headings is horrible!! All those free floating subdivisions! Why are catalogers so compelled to add on as many subdivisions as possible?? It just irks me to see a heading with only one bib attached to it. What's the point? When I select a subject heading from a list, I want to see a group of titles with that heading, don't you?

Now, keyword subject searching is probably the way to go. I'll have to do some research into what methods our users are using to search. But I think there's something flaky about the way our system handles the subject keyword search. Something like it only looks for the terms within one heading as opposed to finding the keywords anywhere in any heading.

Well, I could go on and on about subject headings for fiction. Useless they are!! But that's a rant for a different day...

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Bad dates

Someone put two bowls of dates in our staff lounge at the library today. Dates? Huh? Most people bring back a box of candy or something when they go on vacation. I had half a mind to try them except every time I'd reach for one a little voice would pop into my head and say "bad dates". I couldn't help but think of Raiders of the lost ark where Indy throws up a poisoned date into the air to eat it and Sala grabs it right out of the air.

So now every time I go into the staff lounge I just laugh to myself. *sigh* I don't know why people don't understand me.....

Monday, March 22, 2004

I do belong to a cult. The cult of Diet Coke.
Ooh! Another personality quiz!!




You're Siddhartha!

by Hermann Hesse

You simply don't know what to believe, but you're willing to try
anything once. Western values, Eastern values, hedonism and minimalism, you've spent
some time in every camp. But you still don't have any idea what camp you belong in.
This makes you an individualist of the highest order, but also really lonely. It's
time to chill out under a tree. And realize that at least you believe in
ferries.



Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Friday, March 19, 2004

Okay, self, take a deep breath...soon it will all be over....

Looking around the vacant dining room (all the furniture is now in the kitchen) draws a person's eye up to the horrible light fixture. Neither dh or I are particularily fond of the light fixture, so off to Home Depot we go!! At least we agreed on a new light fixutre and it was relatively simple to install. All I had to do was hold it while he reconnected the wires.

My genius dh points out that since we have all the furniture moved out of the kids' rooms, now would be a good time to paint M's room! He's right, but this is easier said than done. There is a chair rail that has been painted over a couple of times, so there will be some patching, spackling, and sanding to do first.

I did manage to pull off the rail myself (yea me!) but there is wallpaper underneath the rail!! And the wall above and below the rail has been painted a couple of times, so there is this "groove" of sorts where the rail has been. Dh doesn't think it will be noticable once the new paint is up, but I beg to differ. So I'm sanding like crazy!!

We let M pick out her own color. It's this crazy bright, bold, blue. She is thrilled, so I say why not?? H's room is a shocking purple, so why not crazy blue in M's room.

We did manage to get rid of the horrible brown sofa and loveseat, so that's another step in the right direction. At least the carpeting nightmare will be over by next Wednesday. I've already decided to hire a maid to come in and clean once everything is back in place. I think I deserve it!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

I know I should be more excited, but...

there are just too many things going on, I hardly know where to begin!

1. Had a wonderful weekend with the Ya-Ya's in Normal. We attended a conference for stay at home moms of all things! Only two of the four of us are actually stay at home moms! Well, we didn't go for the conference. We went because we all needed to have some girlfriend time together. I already miss my friends again!!

2. We've got carpeting on order for the whole house. Our credit card's been charged, but we have no installation date. Grrrr. Saturday all the guys are going to start moving furniture into the garage, but we still don't have an install date!!!

3. We bought a new piano!! It's my birthday/anniversary present for like, the next 5 years. A little Yamaha baby grand. I love it! We won't take delivery until after the carpet has been installed, though.

4. We're getting a new roof due to the "hail damage". That one's covered by insurance, so whatever. I just think the insurance ought to also cover the part of our backyard fence that got blown over by the high winds we've been having! Granted, I'm staying out of these items, letting big D. handle all the details. But it's still stressing me that we're having all this "stuff" done.

5. I did have a great Sunday playing at Trinity!! I felt really confident about the songs and I thought we sounded really good! People really sang along well with "Power of Your love". I almost started crying!!
There's no place like ...

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Now this is irony!!

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Baby's Named a Bad, Bad Thing

Too bad my baby-naming days are over. Still, there are always cats!
Bubblewrap!

It's fun and it will do in a pinch, but not quite as satisfying as the real thing.

Friday, March 05, 2004

The unbearable lightness of being ironic

In the final episode of Futurama entitled "The devils hands are idle playthings" there is a running joke about the robot devil's use of the word irony.

When Fry agrees to trade his hands with the hands of a randomly selected robot the robot that comes up on the giant wheel is the Robot Devil himself. This event prompts the following dialogue:


Fry: Robot Devil? I get your hands? Zam!

Robot Devil: Oh what an appallingly ironic outcome.

Bender: It's not ironic; it's just coincidental. Now fork over those lady-fingers cookie!


Continuing the story, Fry wants new hands so that he can woo Leela by writing an opera about her and performing the opera on the holophoner. Then the day before the premiere, the Robot Devil installs an air horn on Bender and Bender uses the air horn to deafen Leela. The dialogue ensues:


Bender: Pretty annoying, huh Leela?

Leela: (shouting) What? Are you talking? Oh God I'm deaf!

Bender: Oops. I'm so so sorry Leela. I just wanted to annoy you.

Leela: (shouting) What? Oh this is horrible. I won't be able to hear Fry's opera.

Robot Devil: Ah how delightfully ironic.

Bender: It's not ironic, it's just mean. Take this! [He blows the airhorn weakly.]

Robot Devil: Ooh! Out of aerosol? Also ironic!


The joke finally comes to its conclusion at the opera when the Robot Devil grants Leela mechanical ears in exchange for her hand. In marriage. Oh yes, the "in marriage" part is only in the fine print and Leela comes to rue the agreement she has made. When the Robot Devil reveals the bargain to the audience, Bender muses:


[In the audience Bender reads from a dictionary.]

Bender: (singing) The use of words expressing something other than their literal intention, Now that is "irony!"


Fantastic writing eh? I made a dash for my Wesbster's and indeed that was the definition of "irony"!!

What does all this have to do with anything? Recently on the NexGen list, a subscriber made the following comment about the librarian action figure:

I think the "shushing action" is supposed to be ironic.

Interesting use of the word ironic don't you think?? Dictionary.com has a paragraph that addresses this phenomenon of people using the word ironic to mean "coincidental" or "improbable". Acutally, the use of "ironic" to mean "coincidental" doesn't even apply to the action figure comment!! (And it was made by a person with a master's degree!!)

I find the fact that I have been dwelling on the Futurama episode and the fact that I have recently encountered misuse of the word "ironic" to be an interesting coincidence.

Also I hate that freaking action figure.
It's sweeping the nation!! TATERS!!
Just say NO to Malternatives
Accountants are the real bookworms
As a librarian I probably read more book jackets than I do books!!

Thursday, March 04, 2004

We wants it, precious!
Discardia

Monday, March 01, 2004